Confessions of the Social Kind

Top: Thrifted
Skirt: I Made
Shoes: Modcloth (Salt Water Sandals)
Purse: Sam Moon "Melie Bianco" (same here
Earrings: stole from my sister (Forever 21)
**Pictures by Taylor (my sister)**

I have a confession.......when  I was in high school I was the girls who always did her persuasive speeches and papers on the same topic. What was the topic? I did every persuasive speech and paper on "Why Social Media is Bad" and I had a number of pro/con articles to back up my beliefs and ideas. Now that I look back on that I have to laugh because as a blogger social media is a HUGE part of my life now.....without it my blog would never have grown to reach the audiences and readers that it does (y'all are awesome by the way) and I have also come to meet and know a number of other talented and amazing bloggers and people through those outlets!

Maybe I was sooooooo against it all those years ago because it wasn't really that "big" of a thing as back then not a lot of teenagers had smart phones and wifi was still coming into play (wow.....writing all of that makes me feel sooooo old). However, while I wasn't allowed to have a social media account, which would have only been Facebook, (that was the "thing" back then) my parents wouldn't let me and honestly I was fine with that. I remember people asking me all the time if I had a Facebook and I would just be like "Um, no. I am not allowed to have one" and quite frankly I didn't ever want to be like "everyone else" in giving into the trend. However, as much as I was against social media a few years ago I often failed to realize the positive aspects of it! 

To be honest, if it wasn't for my blog I wouldn't have all the different social media accounts that I have HERE, but social media is such a key tool for the blogger world and I have truly grown to appreciate its positive aspects. Not only does it present us with different types of social media setups that each does a different thing, but it also allows us to connect and find others who share our same interests and even strike up a conversation with them. Therefore if I was only allowed to choose one social media I would hands down have to go with Instagram (hence the FAB bag!)! Not only does Instagram allow you to write long posts (which I like to do at times) but it also focuses on capturing life and telling a story strictly in pictures! Not only that, but nearly every blogger has an Instagram and it is a way for each of us to connect on a platform other than blogger and share our blogging lives through behind the scenes pictures, pictures from recent posts, and even a few goofy snap shots here and there. Through this platform I have gotten to know a number of different people/bloggers apart from their blogs and I love to see what is going on in other peoples lives and sometimes give a quick shout out in the comments :)

I always find it interesting to see how each person treats Instagram and how they use their creativity in taking pictures, styling, editing them, or creating a fun and cohesive feed. Instagram shows each persons uniqueness and captures that in the pictures they take and how they share their lives on their account, and for that my old viewpoint no longer exists. 

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Okay, now lets talk about this FAB bag!!!! I might have been squealing and jumping up and down in Sam Moon when I found this Instagram purse though I was just slightly torn when I also discovered an avacado purse, mermaid sea shell purse, and icecream cone purse.......but I think the Instagram purse won! It is truly the "perfect" summer accessory especially as a blogger and as someone who LOVES to use Instagram and might just take 10 minutes to set up the perfect picture (only sometimes.....) 

I can't get over how "summery" these pictures are with the checkered skirt, white picket fence, green grass, sandals, sunglasses and of course you can't forget your iced tea (it's a must for us Texans & Panera is a fave for me, my sister, and my best friend)! I will definitely be frequenting this spot for pictures in the summer though I know the heat and humidity will be a battle as it has already reached the high 90's here but the humidity makes it feel like the high 190's!!! 

I hope all of you are staying cool and enjoying your summer so far! 


Do you have a favorite bag/purse?
Have you ever viewed social media like I used to? 

-Madison


17 comments

  1. I LOVE this outfit, Madison! So, so cute and summery. I think I may need to make a gingham skirt like that soon! And of course, the Instagram purse is adorable. Novelty purses like that can be so much fun! :)

    -Molly

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    1. This skirt is my absolute FAVE right. now and I wear it way to much!
      -Madison

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  2. I love your purple blouse. I am a little partial to purple.
    I don't have any social media accounts, although I am considering it for blogging purposes, but I don't know that I every completely rejected them as evil. :) I think it is just important to recognize that with social media as much as anything else can have a potential of wasting time or getting into other trouble.

    Sarah
    www.sewcharacteristicallyyou.com/blog

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    1. Purple isn't one of my favorite colors but this blouse is a fave! I think social media is helpful for blogging purposes, but you definitely have to be wise and not waste time on it.
      -Madison

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  3. Hi Madison, I came over after seeing your post on the Boyer sisters' blog! I just love this skirt, it reminds me of one that I altered not too long ago (it used to look quite identical to yours, but I remade it into a pencil skirt!). If you're interested in seeing it, I'll put a link below. I know I always like seeing other people's makes! I'm so excited to look over your blog and keep up with your sewing projects! You look so fresh and lovely in that purple color.

    ♥ Lauren

    https://thehomemadepinup.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/me-made-pencil-skirt/

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    1. How wonderful Lauren! So glad you stumbled upon my blog. I checkout the link you left and love your version of the chambray skirt:)
      -Madison

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  4. What a darling purse! I love kitschy little handbags (very much in the spirit of Kate Spade Novelty line...<3)

    And yes, I so agree with what you said about social media! Without it, my blog would not be where it is, and on a larger spectrum, I so appreciate that I live in an age where I have the technology at my fingertips to do this! Obviously it can be abused - but so can most things, and with the right attitude social media outlets are truly wonderful tools to help people connect over shared interests (or senses of humor. ;)

    Lovely post!
    Carmel | http://carmel-elizabeth.blogspot.com/

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  5. Such a fun bag!
    I definitely used to view social media like you! I should've started my blog and instagram years ago, instead of being so afraid of putting myself on the internet like I was. I've only been blogging for a few months and I absolutely love it and instagram is such a great platform, as pictures are my "language" too :)- Nicole
    The Artyologist

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    1. Well congrats on joining the blogging world!
      -Madison

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  6. While looking at these gorgeous photos, I was just thinking, "there are the perfect summer pictures, iced tea and all." And then you pretty much said just that. :) I love the checkered skirt and (of course) the INSTAGRAM PURSE!!!!

    As for social media, I have pros and cons to it as well. Although I've never been strictly against it, I've always been against overusing it. Unfortunately, I've gotten into patterns in the past where I overused it. That's why I like to fast from social media for Lent. But it is SOOO HELPFUL and also INCREDIBLY FUN if done correctly. It can be a creative outlet, friend-making network, and promotion device. It is so functional and personal that it is changing the world. I've gotten more into social media as of late, but not in that I spent much more time on it, but that I use the time that I do spend on social media to my advantage. Why go on and not leave an impact? That's why I love to comment and write lengthy posts!

    Speaking of Instagram, YOU INSTAGRAM IS THE PRETTIEST ACCOUNT THAT I FOLLOW. I am not exaggerating. It is stunning and I love to see your posts!

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    1. I love your mindset about taking the time to make an impact when on social media. I try to do this. Thanks for you sweet comment about my Insta too.....you are to sweet:)
      -Madison

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  7. You are just adorable Madison, and I love your skirt in this post! I would have been with you about social media back in the day! Once I got into blogging, though, there was no going back! :D I spent my morning today taking an Instagram webinar to learn more about using it more effectively. It's amazing what a big part of my life it is now.

    -Lauren

    http://www.musingsofaflowerchild.com/

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    1. You are so sweet Lauren:) That webinar sounds like it was great! I might check out something like that in the future.
      -Madison

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  8. CONFESSION.
    YOU ARE ACTUALLY THE COOLEST.
    And this post is lovely and actually your whole blog is so beautiful and so are you.
    Goals.

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    1. You are the absolute sweetest Abigail! Thank you for making my day:)
      -Madison

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  9. Thank you for this heartfelt, honest post. I always genuinely enjoy hearing other bloggers speak about their current takes on social media. Much like yourself, I'm a huge IG fan, though my absolute favourite SM site of all time is Pinterest. IG is a very close second though for sure and there's no way I could have passed up that bag if I'd encountered it in person either. Super cute find!!!

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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    1. I am a HUGE fan or Pinterest too, though I never seem to group it into the same category as other social media outlets:)
      -Madison

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